55 Awesome Traverse City Michigan Things To Do + 3 Jam-Packed Travel Guides Exploring Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas


Traverse City Michigan Things To Do | All Guides and Photography by Sherry Trautman | Travel-Mi.com

Traverse City has so many fun things to do!  We noticed there was a need for a great Traverse City Travel Guide so we organized all the fun into THREE Traverse City Itineraries so your days in Northern Michigan will be filled with fun!  


Choose Your Traverse City Travel Guide!


  • The Cheers Itinerary heads up the Leelanau Peninsula with an Emphasis on Wine Tasting, Sightseeing, Eating and Adventures.  Lots of photo opportunities and fun!
  • The Juicy Itinerary has an Emphasis on Exploring the Heart of Traverse City. We’ll see some iconic sites, check out farms, enjoy tours and embark on a tall ship excursion.  Perfect Itinerary if you are arriving in Traverse City from the South.  Lots of photo opportunities and fun!
  • The Lush Itinerary has an Emphasis on Sightseeing and Wine Tasting Along the Old Mission Peninsula. Lots of photo opportunities and fun!


Feel free to substitute in different stops from other itineraries...we won’t be too offended!  ;) *Most wineries open at 11:00 a.m. so we incorporated a few hours of morning activities to kick off the day!

Traverse City Michigan is such a spectacular city bursting with adventure, awesome eats and of course, award winning wine.  If biking and hiking is your thing, the trails are outstanding!


Traverse City Interactive Map



If you wish to pick and choose fun things to do, we created this Traverse City Michigan Things to Do Interactive Map to help you find your specific stops and aid in planning your trip. 

**Be sure to click this link to the Traverse City Michigan Things to Do Map in Google Maps so it is LIVE as you drive!


Helpful Map Tips:

  • Click on the plus and minus in the left corner to zoom in or out of the map.
  • Click on the icons for more info, addresses and photos of the stops.
  • Click on the map to drag and move it to view surrounding areas.
  • In the Header, click on the rectangle in the upper left of the map to see a menu of all of our stops. Click on anything that looks interesting to see where it is on the map. To hide the menu, click the rectangle in the header. 
  • In the Header, click on the "square" icon in the upper right side to expand the map for better viewing. 

Traverse City Cherry Festival



The Traverse City Cherry Festival is one of Michigan's largest festivals of the year!  Don't miss out on the big name concerts, kids activities, bike rides, U.S. Thunderbirds air show, cherry spitting contests, car shows, yoga, farmers markets and EVERYTHING CHERRY! 

Every July, around 500,000 people visit Traverse City for the super popular Cherry Festival.

Grab our FREE INTERACTIVE MAP and GUIDE so you won't miss a moment of the action (for photos, tips, maps and fun!)


Interactive Traverse City Michigan Wine Trail Map


We created this Traverse City Wine Trail Map Interactive Map to help you find your specific stops and aid in planning your trip. 

**Be sure to click this link to the Traverse City Wine Trail Map in Google Maps so it is live as you drive!!


Helpful Map Tips:

  • Click on the plus and minus in the left corner to zoom in or out of the map.
  • Click on the icons for more info, addresses and photos of the stops.
  • Click on the map to drag and move it to view surrounding areas.
  • In the Header, click on the rectangle in the upper left of the map to see a menu of all of our stops. Click on anything that looks interesting to see where it is on the map. To hide the menu, click the rectangle in the header. 
  • In the Header, click on the "square" icon in the upper right side to expand the map for better viewing. 

Traverse City U-Pick Locations


Here is a list of great Traverse City U-pick fruit farms we created to help you find great farms with local produce!


Outstanding Biking and Walking Trails


Little Traverse Wheelway-23.7 Miles, Asphalt. Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing



The Little Traverse Wheelway is north of Traverse City but needs to be mentioned.

Trail end points: Waller Rd. and US 31 (Charlevoix) and Kosequat Park at Park Ln. and E. Lake Road (Harbor Springs).



This is our favorite trail because it's paved, boasts fantastic views and allows for lots of photo worthy stops.  You will enjoy views of Lake Michigan and its shoreline. The paved trail rolls for 24 miles from Charlevoix to Petoskey to Harbor Springs as it follows the curve of Little Traverse Bay.

Visit here for more information on trail heads, parking and detailed maps.


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